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Understanding the different types of construction defects

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2021 | Construction Disputes, Construction Law

Construction defects are a lot more common than you might think in Austin, Texas. Some of them can be fairly minor, but others can be very dangerous. If injury or damage has occurred to you or your property, it may be because of a construction defect. Below is more information about the most common issues.

Defects caused by a bad design

While professionals do spend a lot of time designing a structure, it isn’t all that uncommon for a design to fail. This often remedied by replacing a part or redesigning a particular area of the structure. Some builders will just ignore the defect until they start to see signs that the design has actually failed.

Defects caused by inferior materials

It’s not all that uncommon for inferior materials to end up being used in the building of a structure and cause a defect. When a defect occurs because the building materials were inferior in some way, it usually isn’t apparent until after the completion of the structure. Many builders will try to work around this issue because they don’t want to spend the money to purchase new materials.

Defects caused by poor workmanship

Despite an architect drawing up plans to build a structure, these plans aren’t always followed by builders. When this happens, a defect can occur because of poor workmanship. If these defects just affect how the structure looks, then they won’t tend to put the building or individuals in harm’s way. If these defects affect the integrity of the overall building, then it can lead to a dangerous situation.

Construction defects can be costly, and they can cause damage to a surrounding structure or cause injury to a person. When this happens, it’s imperative that the victim seek legal counsel right away so that they can find out what their options are.